Hi! Just back from a glorious couple of days on Mahia Peninsula, one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. This view is from our section, and its a launching spot for boaties with a bit of courage and local knowledge. I guess its not called bone crusher for nothing!
The time away was great for a bit of thinking and dreaming. My family and I aim to build a house here in a few years, and this got me thinking about the ideal cellar to build into it. Its a non negotiable to have a cellar, and this is all good with the family. I have no doubt it will double up as a larder extension, as Karryn is right into her preserves, relishes and pickles etc.
So if anyone out there has a great idea for an under-house wine cellar design, let me know.
Cellaring wine is one of the most rewarding things to do. I know it can be tricky, depending on where you live, but if you can find a cool dark place that is least subject to temperature change as anywhere in your house, then thats the place. Nearly all wine improves with time, at least a year or two, and for the more robust wine styles, often 5 to 8 years makes a huge difference. there’s many a time when I have opened a cellared bottle that I paid about $20 for back in the day, only to enjoy a $40 wine experience as a result of cellaring. it’s also great for giving you options as to what to pair with a meal, or a special occasion. So take the time to find a suitable place, or build a cellar, and enjoy the rewards!